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brave officers caught in the line of fire. desperate criminals creating chaos. disturbed minds seeking vengeance. almost every day across the country, someone is staring down the barrel of a gun. and somewhere, somehow, the cameras are rolling.
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"caught on camera: shots fired." >> everybody in this room -- >> a close encounter with a gun. >> a disturbed man unleashes terror on a school board. firing on the group from point blank range. >> this is a -- >> please don't. please don't. please. >> december 14th, 2010, the bay district school board in panama city, florida, is in the middle of its regular meeting.
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>> we'd been talking about head lice. some of the mundane things we have to deal with. >> we were making really bad jokes like, this is nitpicky or this bugs me. i mean, we made really bad jokes. >> but the lighthearted mood is about to change. a man walks over to the wall and spray paints the letter "v" inside a circle. at first, the board members aren't quite sure what's happening. >> we were just all kind of in shock. i mean, we -- i didn't know what to think. >> but when the man turns to face the board, revealing a gun in his hand, there's no mistaking his intentions. >> i motion that everybody in this room except those behind the counter, hit the road. leave. you may leave. you may leave. >> the room clears out.
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and local television crews who happen to be covering the meeting leave, too. but their cameras are still recording. six men are ordered to remain. >> looking in his eyes, you could see he had a confident, cocky look. like i'm in charge now. and i know he was going to shoot. i knew he was going to use that gun. >> board member ginger littleton is on her way to the side door exit. but she can't bring herself to leave. >> at that moment, i felt very strongly that in a few seconds he was going to begin shooting, and i had the option of leaving and feeling guilty that i left them to their death, or trying to do something. >> littleton tries to knock the gun out of the man's hand with the only weapon she has. her purse. >> she fails and is left at the gunman's mercy. but he lets her go.
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>> this man had some scruples and so he spared me and said, you stupid and called me a name which probably at that point i deserved at least the stupid part. >> with littleton out of the way, the gunman now confronts the remaining board members. >> i'm going to die today. >> can we talk for a minute? >> i've already been in prison. >> 56-year-old clay duke had served four years for threatening his ex-wife with two guns. the issue now, his current wife who taught at a local elementary school was not offered a full-time position. >> you see, our benefits have run out. >> please explain to us. >> we had no idea what he was talking about. i didn't know his wife was a bus driver or teacher or worked in the cafeteria. >> board member jerry register appeals to the gunman's
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sympathy. >> i've got a great wife. i've been married to her 40 years. i've got two great boys. this, please, just talk to us. if i can help you get your wife a job somewhere else, i'll be glad to do that. >> with us talking to him, it gave us some more time. we knew there was help coming. >> the meeting is actually streaming live on the school board's website. horrified staff members contact local authorities. meanwhile, school security chief mike jones peeks through the back door to gauge the situation. >> my focus was on seeing if there was one or more shooters in that room and what i was going to be up against. >> come on in. >> the gunman was positioned perfectly for a hostage situation as far as using us basically as a shield. >> jones, a former member of the local police s.w.a.t. team races to his vehicle to get his gun
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and a bulletproof vest. husfelt keeps the gunman talking, displaying remarkable calm and command. >> if you're going to kill yourself or kill us, at least let us know what's going on. i'll be very honest with you. i swear, i don't know who your wife is or what she did. i don't. >> i was thinking to myself the whole time, okay, i am pretty sure i'm going to get shot. if i get shot, and i get killed, i know where i'm going, and i think that's what gave me the peace to remain calm. >> for husfelt, talking means living and that means talking about anything. during one surreal moment, he finds himself in a debate over tax policy. >> you said we don't need no taxes. >> that's not what we said. >> then as soon as you gutted the school system, then you turned around and said, oh, now we just have sales tax again. >> i need we need to have half cent sales tax again. i campaigned on that.
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oh, yes i did. you can look on the material. >> only a politician would argue with a man when he's got a gun holding on you about something that you did politically. >> sensing the talk is wearing thin, husfelt begs for his colleague' lives while offering to sacrifice his own. >> i'm the one that signed the paper, right? okay. i don't remember, and i don't know who she is, but let them go. i them one that did it. i mean, they don't sign the papers. i'm the only one that signs them. will you let them go? >> but the gunman won't give an inch. >> i've got a feeling what you want the cops come in and kill you because you're mad. because you've said you're going to die today. but why? this isn't worth it? this is a problem -- please don't. please don't. please. >> duke opens fire on the school board from point blank range.
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but suddenly, shots ring out from the back of the room. it's the security chief mike jones. >> i saw his arm come up in my direction. and when that happened, i dove down behind the chairs and he fired five or six rounds at me and i fired four rounds at him. >> just when i was about to engage him again, he put the gun to his head. >> clay duke is dead. miraculously, board superintendent bill husfelt emerges from behind his desk unharmed. >> mike, they're not real, i don't think. i think it's -- he had caps, mike. >> but the bullets were very real. somehow, they missed the board members and the superintendent completely. >> when i heard his voice and
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saw him, to be honest with you it was a miracle. >> the gunman's first shot that appears to hit husfelt actually hits a notebook on the table in front of him. >> the bullet lodged in the notebook, but the notebook hit me and the concussion of the shot going through there threw up a bunch of paper. so i thought i was shot. i went down to the ground. and i'm laying on the ground and i thought, i know i've been shot and i'm pretty sure it's supposed to hurt more than this. that's what he wanted right there. i knew it. >> you okay, bill? >> i'm fine. >> are you okay? >> i'm fine. >> with gun smoke still hanging in the air, mike jones doubles over, physically and emotionally overwhelmed. >> i was waiting for my backup. >> it's like i had just finished a five-mile run and all i'd run was 13 seconds. >> in the days that follow, reports reveal a facebook page
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under the gunman's name that features anti-government rhetoric and the same red "v" symbol that duke drew at the meeting. along with references to the film "v for vendetta" whose main character rebels against an oppressive regime. profiles of duke also suggest he may have struggled with bipolar disorder. >> obviously, he didn't know everything he was talking about and was very confused. and he was ill and his family, i feel so sorry for them having to deal with this. >> the board members and jones are hailed for their courage but seeing the video of the incident for the first time brings up painful memories. >> i had not seen the superintendent beg for his life. please don't. please don't. i never heard him say that. and that was the first time and it makes me teary eyed to think about now that, you know he was in that position. >> as the weeks pass, those involved true their best to come to terms with the encounter and get back to normal. >> i went home and planned christmas dinner.
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>> ginger littleton's daring handbag assault inspires a cult following on the internet and also some harsh criticism from a contributor on facebook. >> i shot back an e-mail and said when you walk in my shoes you can make a comment. otherwise, i'm old enough to be your grandmother, so shut up. >> as tragic as the day was, those who lived through it are convinced the series of events that saved their lives is nothing short of a miracle. >> people can make their decisions, judgments any way they can. but i was there. i was in that room. >> god was wrapped all around that room that day. >> coming up -- a gunman terrorizes a trailer park. when" caught on camera: shots fired" continues.
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a close range gun battle between police officers and a mentally ill man rages in mad river township, ohio. incredibly, all caught on camera. it's new year's day, 2011. a man calls 911 from a local trailer park saying that someone shot at him. >> somebody just shot through the house. >> is the person that shot through the house still there? >> i don't know. i don't want to look out. >> the call of shots fired 20 years ago, that was a rare occasion. today in the world we live in, shots fired is not an uncommon call.
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>> clark county sheriff's deputy suzanne hopper arrives at the scene and discovers what she believes are the shooter's footprints. she begins taking photographs, having no idea that an unstable, well armed man waits in the next trailer. suddenly, a shot rings out. >> we've got -- i repeat, 69 is down. we have somebody armed here. >> deputy hopper has been shot. other officers respond, including clark county sheriff gene kelly who hired the deputy himself. >> i circled around and i saw her down. at this point, we had a man in that trailer. >> the shooter is 57-year-old michael ferryman, a resident of the trailer park with a history of mental health problems. he's barricaded himself inside his mobile home. >> i still got movement at the trailer as well. just keep looking out the window. >> cameraman don hatcher from wdtn in dayton finds a hiding
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place behind a tree to record the scene as it unfolds. >> it was a good spot. i could see everything. and i stayed there and nobody knew i was there. the cops couldn't see me and hopefully the guy with the gun couldn't see me either. >> sheriff kelly orders the shooter to surrender as officers set up a perimeter. but the gunman has a big advantage. deputy hopper is lying only feet from his trailer and it's impossible for the police to move in without drawing fire. >> we wanted to get suzanne out, but i did not want to have another person sacrifice their life to get her out. >> sergeant christopher clark who also knows the injured deputy well is at the scene. >> it's almost a sense of panic. it's a friend of yours. someone you've worked side by side with. >> the shooter's girlfriend arrives and tries to persuade
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the gunman to give up. >> she called him. had a nickname. bubby, come out, come out. >> bubby, i love you. >> but her pleas go unanswered. >> he never responded. his only response was with his shotgun. >> he opens fire and an intense gun battle erupts. the exchange of fire from only a few yards apart is up close and personal. >> patrolman jeremy blum is hit in the arm. sheriff kelly scrambles into the line of fire and pulls the patrolman back to safety. >> i grabbed them and pulled him back behind the camper to cover and deputies continued to return fire.
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>> hold your fire. hold your fire. >> officers are ordered to cease-fire while patrolman blum receives medical attention and is airlifted to the hospital. as the team regroups, sheriff kelly tries one more time to convince ferryman to give himself up. >> come on out. throw your weapons down and your hands up. michael, it's time to stop. >> but there's no answer. a s.w.a.t. team and an armored vehicle move in, expecting another shoot-out. instead, they find the gunman already dead in his trailer from the exchange of fire. just outside is the lifeless body of deputy suzanne hopper. she's been shot in the head. >> it's just -- a crowd of emotions. disbelief, anger to some extent hatred. >> patrolman blum pulls through, but the loss of hopper, one of
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the squad's most beloved deputies is a crushing blow. >> this is the worst day in my 24 years as a sheriff of clark county. >> the gunman, michael ferryman, had a history of mental instability and violence. in 2001, he was involved in another shoot-out with officers in another ohio trailer park. no one was hurt and ferryman was found not guilty by reason of insanity. fast forward to 2011 and ferryman is living at another campground, monitored by the county but somehow gets ahold of a gun. >> we had no knowledge of that. and i'm still upset about that. >> hopper was a model officer and an active presence in the community. the outpouring of grief over her
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death is overwhelming. hundreds of squad cars from all over ohio join the procession to her funeral as local residents line the streets. >> the community came together. there were little children standing in the cold holding flags. people had their hands on their hearts. >> seeing people line the streets with flags and saluting us will stick with me forever. >> thousands of officers attend hopper's service as messages of sympathy pour in from all over the u.s. and a dozen foreign countries. >> it has been unbelievable, the support, the outpouring. her legacy of service and commitment will live on. coming up -- a crack shot sniper blasts a gun right out of a man's hands. when "caught on camera: shots fired" continues. coffee doesn't have vitamins... unless you want it to.
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a suicidal standoff comes to a peaceful end thanks to the
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incredible skill of a long-range sniper. >> it's a hot august day in columbus, ohio. 1993. a man has taken over a busy intersection with a handgun and a lawn chair. officers secure the area, blocking off the intersection as local tv news crews roll tape. the columbus police s.w.a.t. team and then sergeant david wood arrive at the scene. gunman douglas connolly is threatening to kill himself after being dumped by his girlfriend. >> he didn't want to live any longer, and please bring her to us so he can talk with her and when people usually do that, they are saying good-bye.
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they either do it right there in front of them or shortly thereafter. former sergeant kevin king, a hostage negotiator at the time is called in to talk down the gunman. his strategy? tire him out with the help of a hot summer day. >> he was going to get tired. he was going to need to use the rest room. those kind of things would mount and over a period of time, he might come to his own conclusion to come out of the intersection. >> king has a few psychological tricks up his sleeve to get inside the suspect's head. >> he put himself in a position where he appears to be in control and as time went on, he realized he was in a situation where he had virtually no control whatsoever. >> the gunman gets thirsty and asks for a cold can of coke. king gives him a warm 7up. the can spills all over the place when he opens it up. >> and that exchange he did get something to drink but then he also realized he could only get what we would give him. >> the gunman wants to see his ex-girlfriend, but a
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confrontation with her could turn violent. king actually knows where the girlfriend is and his team has been gathering information from her. but he's not about to let the gunman talk to her. >> he pretty much had isolated himself in the middle of this particular intersection and he had no way to verify what we were telling him. he had no phone. he couldn't leave the intersection. >> as time passes, connolly gets more upset and police worry he could pull the trigger. >> i remember one time he stood up and he was animated with his hands talking but he had the gun in his hand and pointed it towards kevin's way, which was towards my way. and actually the three of us were kind of ducked down behind the cruiser thinking he was going to shoot at us. >> the s.w.a.t. team has snipers positioned in a group of trees roughly 80 yards away. with the gunman getting agitated, the head of the unit suggests a bold move. shooting the suspect's gun out of his hand.
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>> i kind of remembered laughing and saying, there's no way they're going to do that. we've never -- we've never even discussed something like that. >> the three of us set up there at the time unanimously said, yes, it can be done. >> s.w.a.t. team member michael plumb, since retired is one of the most accurate marksman in his unit at the time. he and his fellow officers are trained to hit a bull's-eye the size of a dime from 100 yards away. >> you had to hit a 95 percentile. this is with a pistol and a rifle. if you missed, you were out. >> mike is a crack shot. he could shoot the eye out of a canary a couple hundred yards. if he said he could do it we knew he would do it. >> the circumstances are almost perfect for plumb to pull off the daring move. between angry rants, a sad calm comes over the gunman. he often sits very still with the gun dangling between his legs. >> he's holding it loosely in his head.
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these resolvers weigh a little bit. and he's out there for two, three hours hanging on to this thing. >> with his knowledge of ballistics, plumb can even predict where the shrapnel from connolly's gun will go. away from the gunman. >> if i hit it right where the cylinder snaps into the front of the frame, the shrapnel from the bullet would be absorbed by the rounds and inside the cylinder. >> but the head of the s.w.a.t. team takes his time before making a final decision. >> i'm pretty sure he mulled it over or thought about it for quite some time. >> finally, plumb's boss gives the go ahead. plumb pauses for a brief moment. the gunman is still moving. >> just as soon as he lowered that gun, the same way he always had, back of his palm facing out and the gun facing down, that was it. >> the shot hits the mark dead on target. >> it killed the gun right out of his hand. there was nothing he could do to hold on to it and split it into about three different pieces.
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>> his gun immediately just exploded. >> the gunman is completely shocked. >> he's just sitting there looking and he had the most dumbfound look on his face. it was like he didn't know where up was or where down was. >> wood takes advantage of connolly's surprise and tackles him to the ground. >> i rolled him over and he had a little cut on his chin and he had a little cuts on his fingers, i think, from a little bit of the shrapnel. i said, see, man, we didn't want to hurt you. and he said that was a great shot. >> douglas connolly is taken into custody and spends just 16 days in jail for inducing panic. >> did you expect them to shoot you? >> sniper michael plumb's perfect shot is all over the news. and plumb receives a special tribute from his fellow swat team members. >> they surprised me with pieces of the gun.
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fired them together as best they could and mounted it on a plaque and put it on the wall here. >> i always called it ice water in his veins. nothing bothered him. that's how he was that day. nothing bothered him. >> plumb credits the entire squad for the positive outcome. >> it was a team effort. i mean, they surrounded him. they contained him. and they made it happen. hot august afternoon and everybody gets to go home. it was a good day. coming up -- a bar room fist fight turns into a gun fight caught on surveillance video. when "caught on camera: shots fired" continues.
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caught on camera, a small bar in the midwest turns into a scene out of the wild west. october 8th, 2009, a lively
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night at a bar in toledo, ohio. a surveillance video shows marquese robbins ordering some drinks from the bartender. the bartender sees him pull out a bag of marijuana. he calls the bouncer over to remove the customer. >> but robbins won't leave. he and the bouncer start to have words and a fight breaks out. >> 38-year-old lashon sawyer is the cook at the bar.
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the video shows sawyer walking back to the kitchen as patrons exit through the rear door. while he's there he says he makes a shocking discovery. >> as i was going over to close the back door, there was actually a gun on the floor. it stopped the door from closing all the way. >> sawyer feels he can't just leave the gun there so he says he picks it up. >> my intention was to take it to the bartender. that's who runs the place. >> meanwhile, a security camera at the bar's entrance shows customers running out after the fight. >> the bouncer is able to get robbins to leave, but he still lingers outside. >> the guys out front were still argue with chris. he was standing in the doorway. a lot of threats were being said and stuff. >> robbins has a gun and walks up to the bar door.
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another man with robbins also has a handgun. as robbins looks inside the bar, word spreads that he's armed. that's when lashon sawyer returns from the kitchen with the gun he says he found. >> just as i'm about to enter the bar, i hear, he's got a gun. now for a split second i thought they were talking about me, but everybody was running toward me trying to get passed me to go out of the back door. >> with the gun drawn, sawyer moves toward the door. yet another gunman has his weapon drawn racing for a fight. >> there was someone else on my left who was at the point of the pool table. >> robbins moves in and then starts to fire. the second gunman from outside joins in the fight. the shoot-out rages at close range. the gunman next to sawyer by the pool table and the second shooter outside are never identified.
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as the blasts ring out, sawyer scrambles for cover under the pool table. >> that first shot when he finally got one off, it actually hit the pool table. when i put my head up it hit right next to me, the right side of my head. it hit right there on the corner of the pool table. >> after several volleys, sawyer crawls back to the kitchen area, lucky to be alive. >> that was the craziest thing i've ever seen. you know it was like watching something on tv. >> but the confrontation isn't over yet. the video shows marquese robbins walking back into the bar toward the kitchen area where he confronts sawyer face to face with his gun. >> he says, hey, you shooting back at me and he raises his arm and i dash out of the back door. >> thankfully, robbins doesn't go after sawyer and leaves the bar. remarkably, not one person is
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known to have been injured in the shoot-out. over the next few days, the video of the shooting makes national news. >> patrons ran for their lives as bullets flew. we're told it all started when a bar employee asked a man to leave after he was caught trying to sell marijuana. >> lashon sawyer contacts the police to tell them his story. he's the only shooter who authorities can locate in the days after the shooting. sawyer is charged with possession of a firearm in a liquor establishment. but he maintains the gun wasn't his. >> i mean, who else would contact the police detective in charge of a case before you even secure an attorney. obviously, i didn't have anything to hide. >> at sawyer's trial, the video plays a key role. witnesses praise sawyer for fending off the gunmen from outside.
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>> in their opinion, if it weren't for the actions of lashon, then people would be dead or injured. >> the trial ends in a hung jury. prosecutors agree to let sawyer take a state administered polygraph test to see if he's telling the truth about finding the gun in the bar. he passes and the charges are dismissed. the gunman who started the fight, marquese robbins, is eventually found and arrested. pleading no contest to two counts of felonious assault. sawyer is thankful the ordeal is over. >> america saw this video and thought, oh, god, here's another one. you know, here's a criminal. here's a -- i don't know, probably even said here's a gang member or something. but people that know me knew better. coming up -- a high-speed chase leads to lethal force. when "caught on camera: shots fired" continues. every month brings hormonal changes, and that means acne flare ups. olay challenges that. with new olay professional prox clear
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a bank robbery in a small town leads to one big police chase. with a suspect who won't give up easily. >> shots fired. shots fired! >> october 30th, 2009, the town of exeland, wisconsin, is gearing up for halloween. janet gerber, a teller at the dairyland state bank, is nearing the end of her day when two young men enter wearing masks and carrying bags. but they're not looking for candy. >> i thought it was a halloween joke, a funny prank, until i had seen their gun come out of the bags. >> 20-year-old robert mccallie
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and 19-year-old steven willard jr. hold the teller at gunpoint and demand all of the money from the bank's vault. >> i knew that they meant business. i wasn't going to question or even argue or even try to say, no, i don't have a vault. i just did what they asked. >> gerber hands over $17,000, but the teller has a feeling the robbers won't have it for long. >> i knew that they were going to jail. i knew that they were going to get caught. i knew their lives that day were over. >> the teller notifies the authorities and jeremy peery gets word of the pursuit. he's then a field conservation warden at wisconsin's department of natural resources. >> they advised me that the bank had been robbed and that the suspects were last seen heading west out of town. >> peery learns the two robbers have jumped out of the getaway car and are flying on foot. the driver of the car, 50-year-old rudolf frenzer continues on with several
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officers on his tail. before long, warden peery has a gray four-door sedan in his sights. >> i assumed that that was probably the suspect vehicle. and my assumption was correct. >> copy, plate number 252, paul, john, john. >> rusk county deputies jeff wallace and riley comit are both in communication with peery and zeroing in on the suspect's location. >> i heard the warden peery say he was in pursuit of the suspect vehicle heading southbound in my direction. so i then took some back roads and tried to get over to the area where he was. >> he chases the suspect at more than 100 miles an hour. when he makes a wide turn around a corner, the suspect's car goes into a ditch on the side of the road. the officer takes advantage.
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>> pull over! >> i was able to pull my squad truck alongside and prevent him from coming back on to the road. >> but the driver is not about to surrender and speeds off. >> a short way down the road, rudolf frenzer stops again. >> he slows down and pulls all the way over to the right-hand side. and then i pull up. instead of pulling up alongside him, i pull up right behind him. the officer gets out, draws his weapon and orders the guy out of his car. >> get out on the road. get out! >> but the driver puts the pet tool the metal once again. >> we just stopped. he slammed on the brakes, reverse. we're back in pursuit. >> as the chase continues around a sharp turn, the suspect ups the ante. >> when i came around the corner he had slowed down and was in the middle of the road. i could clearly see a large silver handgun he was pointing out of the driver's side portion of his car. >> he's got a gun.
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he's got a gun. >> he stops for a third time. this time to lose his pursuer once and for all. >> the car stops and the driver doesn't fully exit. he just turns around in the driver's seat. i can see him now pointing the gun at me. >> as the warden throws his vehicle into reverse, the suspect opens fire. >> shots fired. shots fired. shots fired. he's hitting my truck. >> the warden's truck is hit, but he is unharmed. >> shots fired! shots fired! >> the suspect takes off in his car once again. but now deputies wallace and comit are also on his tail. >> he reported shots fired and one of the rounds had struck his truck. the thought was we have to catch him before he gets to the village because it's time for the kids to get out of school. >> but the driver changes his route and turns off the main road.
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the other officers take the lead in the pursuit from peery. >> careful, guys, he's got a gun. >> deputy wallace maneuvers his vehicle to get the suspect off the road. >> and i forced him into the ditch area with my vehicle. >> off camera, deputy comit rams the suspect and his car is immobilized. but the driver won't wave the white flag. he pulls out his gun and starts blasting. >> i see deputy comit engage frenzer in gunfire. we were all screaming for him to put the gun down. we could see the gun. the gun was pointed in our direction. >> i know deputy wallace, warden perry and myself had fired rounds. it was undetermined whose round killed frenzer at that time. >> after a heated exchange of fire, driver rudolf frenzer is killed at the scene. but the officers are all fine. authorities find guns, money and masks in the suspect's car confirming his link to the bank
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robbery. the two other suspects who left the getaway car are both arrested in the days that follow. steven willard jr. is sentenced to 70 months in prison for the robbery while robert mccallie gets 12 years for the dairyland bank robbery and for robbing another bank in the area. >> it's not until afterwards the shakes start coming and you really realize the gravity of the situation you're in. >> since the incident, warden peery's dash cam video has been used as a training tool for other patrolmen. >> now when i sit back and i'm reviewing it in a training situation and with other folks, i have mixed feelings. i understand that those decisions had to be made and it had to end up the way it did because of frenzer's actions. but it still doesn't take away the fact that there is sorrow there. you had to take another person's life. coming up -- a police
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precinct ambushed. when "caught on camera: shots fired" continues.
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a brazen attack. a gunman walks into a police station and starts firing. january 23rd, 2011, it's a quiet sunday at a police precinct in detroit, michigan. commander brian davis pays a visit and speaks with his subordinate, sergeant ray satee. >> that particular weekend there was a few incidents that happened within my precinct that as a commanding officer i had to address. >> surveillance cameras cover two portions of the precinct's lobby. the area in front of the reception desk and the space behind the desk.
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38-year-old lamar moore enters and walks slowly through the room. suddenly, he opens fire. >> i felt pain in my ear. i reached it. i see blood. >> officer david anderson who just started his shift is shot in the forehead. >> just heard a very, very loud boom. felt like i was hit in the head with a baseball bat. lost my balance and went down. don't remember hitting the floor. >> off camera, sergeant terry schultz is also hit. >> i was shot center mass in my bulletproof vest. >> as commander davis crouches to avoid the gunman, he takes sergeant satee's gun and tries to fend off the attacker. >> i fired several shots after ducking down and looking back
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up, trying to use cover and conceal at the same time. >> reporter: officer theodore jackson also returns fire. then suddenly, lamar moore makes a running leap over the front desk landing close to commander davis. >> i didn't even see him jump over the desk. once i looked back up, he was right there in my face with a shotgun. >> at one point, we were probably no more than a foot and a half apart from each other. it was probably that close. >> moore shoots davis in the hand. and also hits him in the back. >> the gun i had, that was actually blown out of my hand. my hands are still injured because of that. >> somehow, the commander finds the strength to throw a garbage can at the gunman hoping to distract him while he scrambles to safety.
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but lamar moore has also been shot. he falls to the floor, fatally wounded. officer david anderson and commander davis are rushed to the hospital. sergeant marcellus ball rides with the commander in the back seat of a squad car, struggling to stop the bleeding with his own shirt. >> i was just talking to him. and he wasn't responding. i was really, really nervous at that point. >> davis makes it to the hospital alive. he loses parts of his fingers from the gunshot to his hand, but he pulls through. sergeant satee, sergeant schultz and officer anderson also recover. >> i was cleaning gunpowder out of my ear to give you an idea how close that was. i have hearing damage in both ears due to that. >> authorities believe that gunman lamar moore's attack was a kind of suicide attempt, possibly motivated by a police investigation into alleged sexual misconduct. >> we are fairly confident that
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this was a suicide by cop because apparently the gig was up. we were on to him and that there were probably charges imminent. in the days after the shooting, detroit police chief ralph godbee releases the video to the media to show the extraordinary bravery of his officers in an unthinkable scenario. >> it's almost mind boggling to have that level of professionalism and reaction in a situation that literally in nanoseconds changed everybody's lives. we have some of the greatest men and women in the country. i'm contessa brewer.

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